Michaela Schmidt (Class of 2019)

Blogger Role: Graphic Design

Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Photography

I chose Marywood because it had everything I was looking for in a school. I wanted a small campus, along with a chance to play collegiate field hockey, and of course a great art program. It’s only four hours away from home so it seemed like the perfect distance, plus I loved the view and being in the mountains. After my first visit I just knew it was the perfect fit for me, and my opinion still hasn’t changed today.

I am majoring in Art because it is something I have been doing my entire life, and I couldn’t imagine having a career in anything else. Ever since I was little, you could find me doodling nonstop, taking pictures of anything and everything, and I wouldn’t have become the person I am today without it.

When I’m not in class, I’m either playing field hockey, hanging out with my friends, eating, or all of the above. I’m also really big on naps, so there’s a good chance you could find me passed out in my dorm, or in the learning commons on a bean bag chair. Recently I’ve been spending a lot of my free time in the VAC lab as well, but I’m usually accompanied by friends and/or food so I’d say I’m not too bad at balancing relaxation with productivity.

My favorite art class was Typography!! Whenever anyone asks me about my art classes, I always start by mentioning how Typography changed my entire artistic outlook. I’ve never been able to look at fonts the same since that class, and I don’t think I’d ever want to go back. Fonts are one of my favorite things about graphic design, and to me it’s one of the most important parts to all designs and it amazes me how some people never notice the things I do about them in everyday life.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was going to NYC for an art history field trip. I loved the city environment, and I’ve only been there once before so it was a really cool experience. I absolutely enjoy being surrounded by all the different people and artwork, and even just walking around Central Park was pretty awesome for me!

When I graduate I’ll probably end up at grad school, or I might start interning for a company creating logos and designs, who knows! I’ve still got a lot of time to figure it out, so right now a bunch of possibilities are still up in the air.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it’s already helped me majorly to become a better artist, and I’m only halfway done with my time here. The classes and teachers are so helpful, and I feel that I’m definitely reaching my fullest potential as an artist here.

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